Law Students for Economic Justice

Law Students for Economic Justice (LSEJ) provides a community and voice for progressive law students and focuses on organizing within NYU.
 
Primarily we:
  • Organize NYU law students to engage in on-campus activism and participate in activities of grassroots organizations fighting for economic and social justice.
  • Engage law students in direct service work, policy research, and advocacy.
  • Host events for law students to learn about economic and social justice issues and careers. 

Activities:

  1.  Coalition on Labor Action according to Workers and Students (CLAWS): In October 2018, students in LSEJ worked with NYU workers to begin to build a worker-student coalition called CLAWS. Over the past year CLAWS has developed into an organizing collective compromised of almost all the worker units on campus. CLAWS has organized around several issues: NYU’s weaponization of its Office of Equal Opportunity to fire low-wage workers, graduate student healthcare plans, and the staggered nature of contracts for different worker units.
  2. Economic Justice Advocacy: LSEJ regularly engages in advocacy around economic justice issues. We serve as a chapter of the People’s Parity Project (PPP), a national non-profit organizing law students across the country to engage in legislative advocacy, public education campaigns, and grassroots student mobilization to support equal access to justice, with a focus on the employment arena and workers’ rights. This year, we have focused our advocacy on forced arbitration and other coercive clauses in employment contracts.
  3. Volunteering with CLARO: LSEJ partners with the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), a limited, legal advice project for unrepresented debtor-defendants with consumer debt cases in New York City Civil Court. NYU students can sign up to volunteer at the Manhattan and Bronx civil courts to help interview defendants and issue-spot.
  4. On Campus Events: LSEJ puts on events at NYU Law School to inform students about pressing economic justice issues in New York City and nationwide. Recently, we hosted a panel discussion with New York legislators, attorneys, and organizers about the federal and state COVID-19 worker relief measures and the grassroots fight to ensure workers can vindicate their new rights in court.  We also organize and facilitate “People’s Parity Picnics”: lunchtime conversations where students learn about and discuss economic justice issues.
2020 - 2021 Board Members
Anne Tewksbury
Chiraayu Gosrani
Dan Schiano
Helen Campbell
Jackie Uranga
Jackson Frazier
James DeBoer
Josh Kauffman
Josh Pitkoff
Kevin Muench
Liza Campbell
Mac McMechan
Myles R. McMurchy
Vishal Reddy
Winnie Vien
 
Contact us
Communications Chair: Anne Tewksbury
 

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